The long-awaited addition of crossplay in Apex Legends is finally here through the game’s version 1.47 patch. Players on EA Play, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One can now party up and play with each other, and Nintendo Switch and Steam will soon join the fray. But how exactly do you turn on crossplay in Apex Legends, and how does the friend system work now?
How to turn on crossplay in Apex Legends
If you’re worried that crossplay will be buried under a pile of game settings, you’ll be happy to know that crossplay will be turned on by default. If you do have the urge to turn crossplay off, you can go to the Settings from the main lobby with the press of a button, scroll down, and then select Disabled in the Cross Platform Play (BETA) field. Keep in mind that this feature is still in beta, if the all-caps indication didn’t already alert you.
How to add a crossplatform friend in Apex Legends
Apex Legends doesn’t appear to use any account system or require the use of Origin, which should be a relief for many. Instead, you will go to the in-game friends menu and click on Add Friend. Simply type in the username of the person you want to add, and their name should appear as a result, next to an icon indicating their platform.
PC players will appear with a computer and monitor icon. Xbox and PlayStation users will see a generic game controller icon for players on the opposite console; otherwise, they would see an Xbox or PlayStation logo next to the names of players on the same platform. You can send a friend request after finding their username, after which they can accept or reject your request, or even block you if they really find you annoying.
Which platform are players matched up with?
With the integration of crossplay in Apex Legends, console players will all be in the same matchmaking pool. Now that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players are in the same space, the playerbase is essentially twice as large now. Unsurprisingly, console players will not be matched with PC players due to controller users having a disadvantage against those with mouse and keyboard on PC.
However, nothing will stop PC and console players from partying up with each other through a game invite. If you’re a console player who chooses to go this route, do be warned that you’ll be put into PC matches.
Is cross-progression in Apex Legends?
With so many characters and cosmetics to buy or earn in Apex Legends, you might be hoping to carry those rewards and purchases across platforms. The version 1.47 patch does not add cross-progression, but developer Respawn Entertainment hasn’t totally counted out the feature. Despite previously shutting the idea down, Respawn states in their blog post detailing crossplay that they “will talk more about this at our Steam launch later in the year.”